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    Quote Originally Posted by JAVO View Post
    See Richard Nisley's post in this thread (he's a respected one-man gear manufacturer):

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    It's interesting, but that was said back in 2007, a full 2 years or so before any of the commercial iron mask products were rolled out. For shoes, the design of the fabrics themselves may hold up to greater water pressures, with added ion mask repulsion. Plus, for shoes, every surface/fiber is apparently treated, thus the shoe doesn't ABSORB any water, though this depends on the specific design of the shoe. Either way, it can still HOLD water inside, like a cup, but this cup will supposedly be designed to allow maximum breathability to that it dries out rapidly. Based on recent info I've been able to find about ion mask treated shoes, the main issues that seem to arise are with leaks at seams that allow water inside, a fault of the shoe design rather than the ion mask treatment. The show above, the mach 3.0, touts being made with a ONE PIECE upper, implying minimal stitching and better water proofing. But who knows.

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    That sounds interesting if it works as advertised.

    I use GoreTex boots currently and haven't had any problems. Of course, mine are 9". If I had to cross something significantly deeper I would just wrap them or take them off.
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    Fucking A, it doesn't look like they even MAKE the shoe in a size 14 > . Judging by all the other hi-tec shoes I've tried on, a 13 would not be sufficient. I hate my feet.

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    So to get back to the gear topic, let me give my impressions of the gear after giving it a good test yesterday. This is based on a 10 mile/4 hour hiking trip in high chaparral country with very well maintained/defined super rocky, fully exposed trails in 90+ degree weather. Burning sun above, burning earth below x_x.

    Tops- I was wearing a combo of a sleeveless adidas shirt (100% polyester, super fine mesh) and a nike dri-fit t-shirt (100% nylon, solid). I must say, both perform admirably in way of drying out quickly and wicking away sweat, thanks to the polyester no doubt. I started off wearing both shirts, but quickly decided it was excessively hot, and that I'd be better off wearing as little as possible. Sleeveless polyester ftw.

    pants- The north face pants were also great performers. I must say i was worried about wearing them in 90+ degree weather, not only for the fact that they're pants instead of shorts, but also because of the dark color (asphalt gray) adding to the heat factor. About an hour into the hike, I did notice my pants were absorbing some heat. At that point I had the bright idea of partially unzipping the convertible pants to let hot air escape while I walk. This helped A LOT, especially considering the motion of my legs created a fanning effect inside of the pants. It was almost as good as wearing them with the bottoms completely off, but with the added benefit of keeping all the dirt and rocks out of my shoes and off my skin.

    The pants were also very quick to dry, not to mention water repellent. This proved to be vastly more comfortable than wearing cotton pants, especially in that hot weather.

    Shoes- My old rugged outback shoes as usual.... but on that day I noticed hot spots on my feet like never before. Granted it felt like waves of searing heat were coming from the ground itself at times, I was still amazed at how hot my feet were getting towards the end of the hike. It was as if I were walking on hot coals :/. Very uncomfortable. My shoes are made of suede and small portions of thick mesh. , with a large rubber portion over the toe. The black rubber part heated up the most, making my toes feel awfully toasty. More breathable shoes might've been needed there, or maybe it was just too hot to expect my feet to stay cool inside of the shoes. Either way I miraculously avoided getting blisters, likely because of my usual cornstarch treatment and synthetic socks.

    Also, syntehtic blended underwear is awesome. Death to cotton :P .

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    Review of Columbia Pole Creek hiking boots:



    I finally got a size 14 pair of these babies for $103 shipped, $20 more than what i paid for the damn things in a size 13 though -_-. I've walked in them for about 10 miles so far to start breaking them in. After breaking up the stiffness a bit and finding the right tension for the laces, they're starting to fit my feet very comfortably. There is a good amount of room at the toes and the shoes really seem to do well in absorbing shock. I definitely wouldn't recommend them for people with wide feet though, they're almost too narrow for my narrow feet.

    The construction is as solid as anything I've seen, and stylish. I wore them to the beach today while fishing, and these waterproof boots performed admirably. While they aren't as cool and airy as shoes without a waterproof membrane, they are solidly waterproof and don't get clammy. I had my feet immersed in water for a good portion of the trip, and felt absolutely no water (just the coldness of it). Even when water rose up above the top of my boots, the insides didn't feel waterlogged at all. It also helped that i was wearing my North face pants down there, which are also solidly water repellent, helping greatly to keep water out of my boots. My feet were pretty much dry and snug the whole time. My fishing buddies couldn't help but comment and smirk at my "combat boots", but hey soon changed their tune when they saw how I could walk through water untouched. I love it when good gear performs as it should :p.

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    Don't forget to change your socks, swamp foot'll boggle you down bro!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OneWithSoul View Post
    Don't forget to change your socks, swamp foot'll boggle you down bro!
    Which is why I went without socks . Which brings me to another point; the shoes have an interesting design where the inside is like one piece, which I guess is a part of the waterproof membrane. Thus, pulling the insoles out is easy as pie (and for the comfort of my feet, I surely did replace the insoles for flatter ones), helping the boot and soles to dry out if it gets wet inside. I also wonder how hiking boots hold up to saltwater. I'm sure it'll put the antimicrobial technology inside the boot to the test...

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    Why didn't I think of that? Genius!
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    Essential backpacking gear: the backpack.

    Ooooh, the backpack. Foolish me for thinking I could go backpacking with a $30 walmart "backpacking pack". I have been enlightened on how vital a good pack design is. My $30 model epic failed at keeping the load closer to my center of gravity, thus blasting away at my shoulders upon my attempt to leave. This is largely due to a lack of upper shoulder straps to pull the pack inward towards the upper body. The pack also seem to be more stout than the more expensive packs I've seen, meaning the weight is distributed lower and further away from the back, which negatively effects balance. Hope i get my paycheck today...


    Not to mention the pack is rather heavy, mostly because of water and food.

    Do any of you backpackers have preferred backpacks, ways of packing them, or features you consider to be key?

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    I use a Large Alice Pack with external frame which has exactly the problems you described.

    In my experience, the sternum strap is a necessity. I was never really a fan of backpacks with a frame unless you are using significant weight because it's much more comfortable and moves around a lot less when they mold to your back.

    If you continue to use that pack, just put your heavier stuff at the top to balance out the load. I've put a pillow on the bottom before and stacked everything else on top just so the weight is distributed more towards the top. You're shoulders will eventually get used to the weight, though, if you do it regularly enough.
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